After the Storm, Cleaning Up (Again)
Second powerful storms in weeks leaves plenty of limbs lying around.
Oak Park and River Forest residents, work crews and contractors continue to remove piles of debris from the latest round of high winds and rain to hit the area.
Public works had just finished cleaning up after the June 22 storm and are clearing limbs and branches all over town. South Oak Park was especially hard hit, said public works director John Wielebnicki.
“Clearing is slow, there is just a lot of debris out there,” Wielebnicki said. Crews from B. Haney and Sons of Lombard were cutting down trees that had been damaged by the high winds.
Some parts of Oak Park and River Forest are still without power. Because the number of outages was so high — more than 850,000, the worst in a decade — a ComEd spokesman could not provide details of how many homes in the area remain powerless. He could only say that as of noon Tuesday, 49,000 homes in the Chicago area, including Oak Park and River Forest, were powerless. He could not estimate when power would be fully restored.
The outage was particularly noticeable at the intersection of Lake Street and Forest Avenue where old-fashioned stop signs still replaced the electronic ones at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Other intersections along Oak Park Avenue are still without traffic lights.